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Harris rallies in Dallas as Biden battles Democratic backlash

By meerna Jul11,2024
Harris rallies in Dallas as Biden battles Democratic backlash

Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Dallas on Wednesday, where she addressed thousands of members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the oldest Greek-letter sorority founded by Black women, in an effort to unite them and support President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign.

“We know that when we organize, mountains move,” she told her fellow members of the association. When we mobilize, nations change. And when we vote, we make history.”


What you need to know

  • Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Dallas on Wednesday to address thousands of members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the historically black sorority she joined in college.
  • The comments come as President Joe Biden continues to push back against defections and hesitation from Democrats in Washington amid debate over whether he should become the Democratic presidential nominee
  • Harris praised former and current sorority members for being on the front lines of fighting for a better country and praised the Biden administration’s accomplishments while ignoring the growing chaos in her party
  • Prominent Democrats, including South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn and California Rep. Adam Schiff, have named Harris as Biden’s natural successor as presidential nominee.



The comments come against the backdrop of Biden’s continued response to opposition from Democrats in Washington over the defection and indecision among them, amid debate over whether he should be the Democratic presidential nominee.

Harris praised former and current sorority members for being on the front lines of the fight for a better country and praised the Biden administration’s accomplishments, without mentioning the growing chaos within her party.

“Throughout our history, Alpha Kappa Alpha leaders have stood up, spoken up and done the work to build a better future for our nation, including, of course, in 2020, when, at the height of the pandemic, you helped elect Joe Biden as president of the United States and me as the first woman elected vice president of the United States,” Harris said, speaking at the sorority’s annual convention.

Harris spoke about the Biden administration’s efforts to tackle student loan and health care debt, Biden’s promise to restore reproductive rights enshrined in Roe v. Wade, and the dangers she believes a second Trump administration would pose.

“We all agree here that while we have come a long way, we still have a long way to go,” the vice president said. “Across our country, we are witnessing a full-blown assault on hard-fought, hard-earned freedoms and rights.”

She warned about the stakes in the November election, calling it “the most existential, significant and important election of our lifetimes.”

“Sisters, this is a serious matter,” she told her sorority sisters.

“So right now, once again, our nation is counting on the leaders in this room to lead us forward, to energize us, to organize and mobilize us, to register people to vote and get them to the polls in November,” Harris continued. “Because we know that when we organize, mountains move. When we mobilize, nations change, and when we vote, we make history.”

Biden, who on Wednesday approved a disaster resolution for parts of Texas that have been battered in recent days by Hurricane Beryl, will be in Austin next Monday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and be interviewed by NBC News anchor Lestor Holt.

This week, as Biden hosts NATO leaders in Washington and tries to convince congressional Democrats that he has what it takes to lead the party to victory in November, Harris has been traveling the country and continuing to argue for their candidacy, even as speculation mounts that she could succeed her if Biden steps down. She was in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the last of six visits this year to battleground Nevada, and on Saturday she headed to New Orleans — where she headlined the Essence Festival of Culture alongside some of the country’s most prominent Black Democrats.

“The last few days have reminded us that running for president of the United States is never easy, but one thing we know about our President Joe Biden is that he is a fighter, and — he is the first to say — when you get knocked down, you get back up,” Harris told the audience at an AANHPIs (Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander) event for Biden and Harris in Las Vegas.

“We all know,” she said. “A lot of us know what this is. So we’re going to keep fighting, we’re going to keep organizing, and we’re going to win in November.”

After that, Harris made an unannounced visit to the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team’s practice squad and told a group of America’s biggest NBA stars to “beat Canada and bring home the gold” in preparation for the Paris Olympics later this month.

Prominent Democrats, including South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn and California Rep. Adam Schiff, have named Harris as Biden’s natural successor as presidential nominee, although the list of Democrats who have made clear their desire for change remains noticeably short.

“I think the vice president would be a phenomenal president. I think she has the experience, the judgment, the leadership, the ability to be an extraordinary president,” Schiff said Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” “I think she can win in a landslide. But before we make a decision about who else it should be, the president has to make a decision about whether it’s him.”

So far, Biden has continued to insist he’s staying, and Harris has given no sign she’ll be anything but a team player. But Trump isn’t waiting to see if Democrats ultimately change candidates. At a rally in Florida on Tuesday, Trump called her “Laffin’ Kamala,” called her incompetent and blamed her for the influx of migrants across the southern border and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

On Wednesday, he continued to attack her in an interview with Fox News Radio, comparing her to his future vice presidential running mate, whose name has not yet been announced.

“Anyone would be fantastic. Anyone would be so much better than Laffin’ Kamala, she’s awful. Kamala is just awful,” Trump said. “I don’t care if it’s (Biden) or someone else, it’s also politics. It’s more about politics than anything else. And these radical Democrats are radical. Everyone they’re talking about is a radical left-wing lunatic.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

By meerna

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